Following the rejection of the recent planning variation for a larger extension to the Harrogate Spring Water bottling plant into Rotary Wood, we can now confirm that the original application is now being reviewed by Harrogate Council. The full plans for the original extension were submitted in May 2020 along with the variation for the larger extension. (As a reminder outline planning for the original extension was approved in May 2017 with a number of strict condition.) We held any decision on those full plans until we knew the outcome of the application for the larger site. However, we now expect the planning committee to be asked to approve the original application over the next few months.
We are grateful to the team at Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds, especially Anna Gugan & Professor Piers M. Forster, for their research into the carbon loss at Rotary Wood.
The report confirms our concern that the mitigation being offered does not equate to land being lost with regards to carbon loss.
You can download a copy of the planners report here.
Leading climate scientist among Harrogate residents opposing plans for a bottling plant on the site of a woodland planted by local children.
Read more in this article in The Independent.
You may have read the recent article in The Harrogate Advertiser that can be found here. It also includes views from Zero Carbon Harrogate, Harrogate Rotary, Harrogate Civics Society and Harrogate Greens
The full Q&A session is also attached.
This morning we ventured into the woods with some of our intrepid volunteers to do some balsam bashing! It was raining but it did not deter us and we had great fun….
So much so that we are arranging another get together in a couple of weeks to do some more.
See if you can spot our volunteers on some of these pictures and come along and join us next time!